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14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
    but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.[a]
15 All the days of the poor are evil,
    but a good heart is a continual feast.[b]
16 [c]Better a little with fear of the Lord
    than a great fortune with anxiety.

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  1. 15:14 The contrasts include heart (organ of reflection) and mouth (organ of expression), and the wise and fools. One type feeds its mind with wisdom and the other feeds its face with folly.
  2. 15:15 Good heart does not refer to good intentions but to an instructed mind. Wisdom makes poverty not only bearable but even joyful like the joy of feast days.
  3. 15:16–17 The sages favor wealth over poverty—but not at any price; cf. Ps 37:16.

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